Company Challenges MLB “Ownership” Of Stats

Denied a license from MLB Advanced Media to use stats in its fantasy leagues, CBC Distribution and Marketing went after the league in federal court — and the court will hear the case July 24. The claim: no license should be required to use historical facts. That would leave open the idea that leagues can license stat use during a game but that post-game, the data should be usable by anyone commercially or non-commercially sans licenses. The original complaint was filed last February in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.
Should CBC, which continues to use the stats, prevail, others likely will try to apply it as a precedent for other leagues. We’re a long way from that.

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